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NY court: Marvel can keep Spider-Man, X-Men comics

Spider-Man, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk can continue to reside in Marvel’s offices after a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an ownership claim by the children of the artist who helped create them.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan agreed with a lower court judge who denied claims by the family of Jack Kirby, the legendary artist who died in 1994 and whose work spanned more than half a century.

His heirs in California and New York wanted to terminate Marvel’s copyrights from 2014 through 2019 to comics published from 1958 to 1963.

Marvel Worldwide Inc. sued in January 2010 to prevent it, leading U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in July 2011 to conclude the work was done “for hire,” a legal term that rendered the heirs’ claims invalid.
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Stan Lee Media -- but not Stan Lee -- sues Disney over superhero rights

Call it superpowered litigation: Stan Lee Media, an Internet-based company that filed for bankruptcy in 2000, sued Walt Disney Co. for billions Tuesday. Though comics writer Stan Lee co-founded the company that bears his name, he has not served as one of its officers since the dot-com bubble burst.

As the L.A. Times explains, Stan Lee Media claims the copyright to Lee’s Marvel characters — those who have starred in several movie blockbusters since 2009, when Disney bought the comic book imprint. READ FULL STORY

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